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Friday, July 31, 2015

Movie Reviews: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Lego Brickumentary

Also: Tangerine, Stanford Prison Experiment, Vacation, Infinitely Polar Bear

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Tom Cruise continues his impossible missions, while Sundance 2015 hits about a notorious psychological experiment and transgender prostitutes are among the other new releases in Utah theaters this week.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation (pictured) continues the spy thrillers' impressive track record of out-James Bond-ing the James Bond movies, plus adding the impressive skills of Rebecca Ferguson. The Stanford Prison Experiment effectively recreates the 1971 investigation into the way power corrupts. A Lego Brickumentary, meanwhile, exists almost exclusively to remind viewers how amazingly super-duper awesome Lego bricks are.

Andrew Wright grooves to the dizzy, crackling energy of Tangerine, a low-budget comedy-drama spending Christmas Eve with transgender sex workers in Hollywood.

Eric D. Snider has no patience with Infinitely Polar Bear, which casts Mark Ruffalo as a father whose inability to manage his bipolar disorder is treated as whimsical and charming.

In this week's feature review, the jokes in Vacation might have been funnier if we didn't see them over and over again, in every trailer and commercial, all the time.

Also opening this week, but not screened for media: the documentary Batkid Begins looks at the viral story of a Bay Area boy who lives out a super-hero wish.

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